Assessment for Learning in Project Based Learning

By Professor Betty McDonald.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Exalting the virtues of project/problem-based learning (PBL), this paper proposes that assessment can be skillfully organized so that students are not merely judged at the end of the project but they learn throughout the entire process. Each group member undergoes a triangulation of assessment views: self, peers and tutor/moderator. The proposed generic one page assessment sheet can be modified to suit personal needs. It details marks for specific deliverables in a step-by-step manner that facilitates the flow of ideas from commencement to end of the project. Accompanying assessment forms and rubrics are provided. All stakeholders particularly educators and students stand to benefit.

Keywords: Project-Based Learning, Assessment, Authentic, Student-Centred Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.124MB).

Professor Professor Betty McDonald

Coordinator for Center for Assessment and Learning, School for Studies in Cognition, Learning and Education, University of Trinidad and Tobago, O'Meara, Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Betty McDonald was recruited from The University of The Bahamas. At City University, The University of London and The University of Manchester in England she collaborated with fellow researchers in assessment. At Pennsylvania State University, USA she was a Fulbright Humphrey H. Fellow. Dr. McDonald was also a Visiting Scholar to The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and The University of Toronto, Canada. She is currently a member of AERA/NCME,CRESST, ASCD, UNA-USA. Dr. McDonald has numerous international publications in referred journals like The School Psychology International Journal, Research in Education Journal, Assessment in Education and The International Journal of Vocational Education and Training. She is a reviewer for several journals and a consultant for The Assessment and Learning Research Synthesis Group Project at The University of London. A proud recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious UNESCO Award for her contribution to national development in the area of education, Dr. McDonald has 35 years experience at the secondary and tertiary levels in Barbados, Belize, England, Jamaica and The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as Assistant Registrar at The Caribbean Examinations Council in Barbados. Her interests include measurement, assessment, applied statistics and mathematics education.

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